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Garrard grand jury hands up indictments

September 28, 2012

LANCASTER — A Lancaster man and the owner of a local convenience store were indicted recently by a Garrard County grand jury for allegedly selling synthetic drugs from the store.

Usman M. Chapra, 28, of Lexington and Shawn C. Varner, 26, of 411 Crab Orchard St., were each indicted on three counts of trafficking in a controlled substance for allegedly selling a “controlled substance analogue” on April 16 inside the Shell gas station at 201 Lancaster St. that is owned by Chapra. 

The indictment alleges Varner sold the substances to a confidential police informant inside the store while in complicity with Chapra. Varner also was indicted for being a persistent felony offender.

Police raided the store in July and siezed 62 packets of synthetic drugs marketed under names such as Happy Tiger and Black Magic.

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Bonds were set at $10,000 each. Kentucky State Police Detective Keith Addison testified before the grand jury.

Others indicted were:

  • Michael Todd Gribbins, 39, of Lexington, alleged theft of a firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon on July 25. Trooper Donnie Moses testified before the grand jury.
  • Joshua D. Abney, 27, of Berea and Jasmine Roberson, 23, address unavailable, receiving stolen property for allegedly having recently stolen skid steer tracks on April 6. Bonds were set at $5,000 each. Trooper Michael Luttrell testified.
  • Merlin G. Lowery Jr., 61, of Crab Orchard, terroristic threatening for alleging threatening another person by telling them he would burn down their house with them in it on Sept. 5. Bond was set at $5,000. Deputy James Napier testified.
  • Mitchell Surber, 43, and Katrina Surber, 43, both of 4787 Kennedy Bridge Road, allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine on Aug. 29. Bonds were set at $20,000 each. Deputy Brandon Conley testified. 
  • n Michael D. Wilder, 40, and Belinda Caudill, 29, both of Lexington, alleged possession of cocaine on Sept. 10. Bonds were set at $2,500 each. Conley testified.
  • Amanda Cole, 19, and Larry Anthony Delaney, 30, both of 109 S. Campbell St., first-degree assault for allegedly causing serious injury to an infant between July 15 and Aug. 3, and first-degree criminal abuse against Cole for allegedly allowing the injuries to occur; Delaney also was indicted for being a persistent felony offender. Bond for Delaney was set at $50,000, and bond for Cole was set at $20,000. Lancaster officer Allen Weston testified.
  • Billy Coleman, 35, 402 Southway Drive, attempted murder, three counts of wanton endangerment and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon for allegedly firing several shots at Josh Lancaster in an attempt to kill him on Aug. 29 and putting Garnett Martin, Ronni Baker and another person in danger. Bond was set at $100,000. Deputy Tevis Graham testified.
  • Joshua Wilson, 25, of Richmond, receiving stolen property for allegedly having recently stolen items in his possession on Aug. 1. Bond was set at $5,000. Conley testified.
  • Justin League, 23, 149 Sunrise Drive, burglary, theft and being a persistent felony offender for allegedly stealing a purse and personal items belonging to Marianne Hurte on June 24. Bond was set at $20,000. Conley testified.
  • Steven Stiles, 37, of Crab Orchard, burglary and theft more than $500 for allegedly breaking into Feldman Lumber and taking saws and other mechandise on July 20. Lancaster officer Nathan Swartz testified.
  • Brandon Martin, 22, of Winchester, theft more than $500 for allegedly paying Wayne Ray for hay with a worthless check on Sept. 16. Ray testified.
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